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I did it! This afternoon, I registered for the ALA Midwinter Meeting AND Annual Conference for 2014. I’m excited! Since I’m still a library school student, I was able to register at the student rate, and signing up for both Midwinter and Annual at the same time allowed me to save a little more. I’ll be heading to Philadelphia in January for the Midwinter Meeting, and Las Vegas in June for the Annual Conference. I’ve been to Philadelphia only once (and just vague memories of visiting the Liberty Bell from that childhood trip), and I’ve never been to Las Vegas, so I’m really looking forward to both trips!
Now, I learned from my one trip to an Annual Conference, last year in Anaheim, that conference meetings and events are time-consuming, and it’s why you’re there, of course! But I’m looking forward to soaking up some local flavor while I’m in each city. Recommendations, anyone?
I read an article on Yahoo News a couple of days ago about how Wyoming Catholic College has banned the use of cell phones by students, except in cases of emergency. Access to the internet in dorms there is limited to a handful of websites. The policy has been put in place to reduce multitasking and encourage face-to-face interactions among students.
I thought about this during my “Introduction to Digital Libraries” class Thursday night, especially once I started paying attention to those with laptops or iPads out vs. those without. The people without their computers or pads out definitely interacted more in class than those who had them up and running. I must admit that I took my laptop and/or iPad with me to most classes my first year of library school. Having the technology did help with note taking, especially for those early classes where we had tests. (In my more recent classes, it’s been mostly papers and group projects.)
Maybe it’s because my eyes are a couple of years older, or that my back is a couple of years older (and yearns for a lighter backpack), but I find myself taking class notes on paper this semester. I still work on the computer at work, and do assignments, blogging, online shopping, email, and many other things on my home laptop and iPad. I must admit, though, that I’m not totally tech-free in class. My iPhone is always in my pocket, ready to add assignment changes or appointments to my Google Calendar and Remember the Milk list as soon as they come up. I could write those things down on paper, but I love the techie convenience of immediately putting things into my online calendar and to-do list.
What do you think about the use of technology in the classroom and in our lives? Has it changed how you communicate, for better or for worse? Have you ever taken a break from your cellphone, Facebook, or something else technology-related? If so, how did it go?
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Yay! Classes start back this week! I’m taking “Intro to Digital Libraries” this semester, and my first class will be Thursday night. It’s the first class I’m taking that doesn’t require a textbook, but I’m sure we’ll be busy with other readings and assignments.
On Friday, I went to New Student Orientation and talked about the benefits of joining the American Library Association and getting involved in the local ALA Student Chapter. It was fun to visit with several new students and returning faculty afterward.
Now that I’m a little more than halfway through the MLS program, I’ve been thinking about what I can do to enhance my skills and resume over the next two years. I have some ideas, including continuing with Toastmasters for improving my public speaking skills. I’m also interesting in learning more about how to build and maintain websites, since that’s coming up more often on librarian job listings I’ve seen (AND I think it would be fun). My schedule already feels full, with work and other things, but I hope I can fit in some more professional development activities in the future.
The month of June has been a busy one, and there’s still a week left! I’m happy to say that summer school is over (for me), and that’s a big item off my list! I took “Health Sciences Resources and Services,” my first “resource” class of the MLS program at NCCU. It was only my second online class, and my first time giving a lecture and PowerPoint (on nutrition resources) on BlackBoard. All in all, a good class. I think I would’ve enjoyed the semester-long on-campus class even more, but it feels good to have it out of the way! Seven classes down, five more to go. It sounds like forever, since I’m taking one class at a time, but I bet it’ll go fairly quickly.
In other news, George and I joined family in South Carolina for an aunt’s memorial service, and it was wonderful to see so many relatives, including some I hadn’t seen in years (or ever!). In some ways, I wish it could’ve been this weekend, when my schoolwork is done, but it all worked out in the end.
So what’s in store for the rest of the summer? I’m looking forward to more exercise, sorting through some closets and drawers, and a quick trip to West Virginia in July. (Why West Virginia? Because we’ve never been, it has mountains, and the southern tip is less than four hours away!) I’m still enjoying my new geocaching hobby, and will try to stay out of the poison ivy for the rest of the season. (Did I mention my bout of/with poison ivy earlier this month?! That was something else!) Oh, and I actually finished a book for pleasure today! Nice! More of that this summer as well!
What are YOU doing this summer?
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Lesley, Eric, Jenny, Beth, Nancy, and Tamara
Several of us gathered Nancy’s home last Saturday night to celebrate the graduation of a number of our classmates from library school at North Carolina Central University. We sat around the table and ate, talked, and laughed, but much like most of our study group sessions! It was a fun time!
By the way, L (in the picture) is for Libraries and Librarians!